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BONUS BUZZ - MINNEAPOLIS 2040

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Black Forest Inn

1 East 26th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55404

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Minneapolis has just released a 20 year draft comprehensive plan affecting all its public policies from health, transportation, parks, jobs land use and housing. State law requires all metro area cities to produce comprehensive plans every ten years in order to achieve orderly and coordinated growth. Citizens have an opportunity to read the plan and then give feedback to the planning department.

League of Women Voters Minneapolis has invited Jack Byers, Manager of Long Range Planning for the plan to address the public and answer questions at a bonus Civic Buzz on Tuesday May 15 at the banquet building of the Black Forest Inn on 26th St. and Nicollet. The event begins at 5:30 pm with socializing. Mr. Byers will speak at 6:15 followed by time for questions. The League will be studying the housing section and hopes to eventually give written commentary to the City.

Since the release of the draft, there have been many comments from the public, most directed toward the aspect of liberalizing the city’s housing code which would enable builders to erect 4 unit apartment buildings in all zones of the city, including those which are currently limited to single and 2 family structures. These new apartments could be built on current size lots for single family houses and duplexes, and would not need to provide off street parking, a change from the present code. The plan anticipates a growing city, with a need for more housing and affordable housing in particular and sees larger buildings as a way to achieve this.

We hope that you read the draft, which is available on line at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/WCMSP-209523 and give comments to the City at https://Minnenapolis2040.com/ before July 22. If you are a League member we hope that you would also send us your comments this spring that could inform our report. And please, come to the Buzz.

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